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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

International Setting

A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Learning from Calais The Jungle: An Interview With Architecture for Refugees

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As the refugee crisis intensifies across European borders, one of its most notorious epicenters, the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp, is being evacuated as we speak, hours before its pending demolition….


MoMA’s Insecurities Explores Architecture’s Role in Forced Displacement

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A staggering 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world, over 21 million of them refugees, has pushed the the issue of shelter beyond the humanitarian sphere and into the…

A view inside the Zaatari camp, northern Jordan. The harsh, desert environment, which is home to around 120,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, is described by one UNHCR worker as like 'living on the moon'. Some 17,000 portakabins have now been brought in to provide more durable accommodation; many people have now been here for over a year, and endured freezing conditions last winter under canvas tents.

Refugee City: Roundtable Discussions on the Urban Integration of Refugees

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On October 17th and November 11th, our master program will be hosting two separate roundtable discussions aimed at shedding light on the urban and architectural issues surrounding the refugee crisis….


23 (Free) Landmark Books About Cities Every Architect Should Read

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You would be hard-pressed to find an architect or urban planner who doesn’t have at least a handful of these titles resting proudly on their bookshelf. After all, when it…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

− Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

− Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University